Candace Dewith


Candace (she/her) provides support to the finance and administrative team. She comes to Mira Education from Florida where she worked in construction accounting, payroll, and contracts. Prior to Florida, she worked in her home state of California conducting audits and leading training and development in a retail environment. She graduated from Mira Costa College in Oceanside, CA, and holds an associate degree in mathematics.

Joshua P. Starr



Dr. Joshua P. Starr (he/him) believes all students should have the ability to learn at high levels in safe, supportive and equitable schools. As Managing Partner of the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), he wants ICLE to continue to be a source of strength and learning for teachers and school and system leaders as they advance equity and excellence agendas in their schools and districts.

Before joining ICLE, Josh served as CEO of PDK International, one of the oldest professional membership organizations for educators, helping members deepen their expertise, advance their careers, and experience better results in education research, classrooms and schools. During his time there, he led the expansion and implementation of Educators Rising, a national program that inspires high school students to become educators.

Prior to joining PDK, Josh was superintendent of schools in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland for four years and previously superintendent of schools for Stamford, Conn., for six years. As a superintendent, Josh led system wide transformation efforts grounded in equity, excellence, and engagement. Josh began his career teaching special education in Brooklyn, N.Y. He became a central office leader in school districts in the NY metropolitan area, including the New York City Department of Education.

Josh has a bachelor’s degree in English and history from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s degree in special education from Brooklyn College, and a doctorate in education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Josh and his wife have three children who have gone through public schools.

Shelly Moore Krajacic, NBCT


Shelly Moore Krajacic (she/her), an English and drama teacher from Ellsworth, Wisconsin, was elected to the National Education Association’s (NEA) executive committee in July 2015 for a three-year term. Shelly, a National Board Certified Teacher, is a third-generation Wisconsin educator with 17 years of classroom experience. Prior to her election to NEA’s Executive Committee, Shelly served in numerous national, state, and local leadership capacities. She has been especially active in her local NEA affiliate. She was also a candidate for the Wisconsin State Senate in 2011.

In addition, she is a member of the board of directors for the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) and served on NEA’s Board of Directors for six years. The NEA Executive Committee consists of nine members — three executive officers and six members elected at-large by the representative assembly. The committee is responsible for setting general policy and maintaining the interests of the NEA.

Shelly earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. She received a master’s degree in English education from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls, where she previously served as an adjunct instructor.